Long Beach, California 2021-06-16 14:04:18 –
The face of the company’s founder, Captain Dansaras, standing on a five-deck Sir Winston dinner cruise yacht, the latest acquisition of Harbor Breeze Cruise, traverses emotions when talking about what happened last year. To do. Sadness, pride, hope-memory repeatedly brings tears to his eyes.
But of all emotions, one reigns supreme. “I’ve never been proud of the city’s grit,” said Saras, adding that he was particularly pleased with the city’s leadership response to the pandemic. “When that happened, they kicked their ass.”
Now, after months of restrictions on large gatherings, Sir Winston, who is popular with wedding parties and corporate customers, has finally begun booking. And, just in time for the blue whale migration season, hundreds of guests finally embark on a company whale and harbor cruise again.
“There are days when we have to keep people away,” Saras said.
The tour is currently running on a limited capacity prior to the full reopening of the state scheduled for June 15. Currently, each vessel carries 100-200 passengers on up to eight departures per day, depending on the size of the boat.
Other whale-watching cruise companies that move up and down the coast are similarly eager to board, according to Saras.
“People come to the ocean, look out and stare at the ocean. Somehow it does something in your heart,” says Saras, with some fresh ocean breeze, including last year. He added that he helped him over a difficult time. “It changes your mindset.”
For 24-year-old Leo Barajas, who embarked on a whale-watching departure with his girlfriend on Friday afternoon, the cruise was a welcome change in scenery.
“With all of COVID, we were just trapped,” said Barajas, who lives in Montebello. “We’re from the city, so we just wanted to get out a little and do something different.”
The crew is back and excited.
“I was always out at sea,” said Lon Taulbee, a 72-year-old retiree. He is currently spending his free time as a deck hand on a Harbor Breeze Cruise ship, finding and taking pictures of marine life.
It was difficult to stay out of the ocean during the month of the pandemic’s outage, Taulbee said. “I get bored really easily.”
Now he is happy to return to the sea. “To find [animals] Share what you find with everyone. Nothing is better than this. “
The pandemic was difficult, but Captain Dan, who is lovingly called by Harbor Breeze founder Saras, is optimistic about the future.
“We hit, but we’re used to the sea hitting us,” he said. “We’re going to get it done.”